ecopa is dissemination partner in the EU 6th and 7th Framework Programme projects carcinoGENOMICS, ESNATS and Sens-it-iv. Brief updates from these projects are provided below.

The annual carcinoGENOMICS consortium meeting took place in Arona, Italy on 8-10 November 2010. The British Toxicology Society (BTS) is organising a workshop in conjunction with its annual congress jointly with the Nederlandse Vereniging voor Toxicologie (NVT) from 27-30 March 2011. More information will be made available through the carcinoGENOMICS website.

The next annual consortium meeting of the Embryonic Stem Cell-Based Novel Alternative Testing Strategies (ESNATS) project is planned from 1-5 May 2011 near Thessaloniki in Greece, and will be organised in combination with the third annual ESNATS “summer school”.

Originally scheduled to terminate by 30 September 2010, the Sens-it-iv project has been extended by the European Commission until 31 March 2011. In the remaining months, efforts will concentrate on setting up an e-learning programme to support public access to the experimental know-how on assays available within the final Sens-it-iv toolbox; development of a White Paper summarising experimental results and proposing an in vitro testing strategy for allergenicity; and hosting a 23-25 November 2011 congress at the Crowne Plaza Brussels Airport Hotel to mark the official closure of this EU-funded project. Programme and registration details will be posted on the Sens-it-iv website.